Candidates for the Women’s Equality party (WEP) are to step aside in two constituencies where they were standing to highlight the treatment of women, as part of a pact in which the Liberal Democrats have agreed to adopt some of the party’s policies. The seats include one in central London vacated by the Tory Mark Field, where the Liberal Democrat Chuka Umunna is now being endorsed by the WEP after his party agreed to push for amendments to laws to give the public powers to eject MPs guilty of harassment. Jenn Selby, a survivor of rape and one of five survivors of abuse or sexual violence who had been standing for the WEP in constituencies where the previous elected male MP has been accused of misconduct, hailed the pact as a victory achieved before polling day. “Getting our red lines on sexual violence into the manifesto of the party that could hold the balance of power is like getting the justice which we did not have,” Selby told the Guardian during an interview alongside Umunna. “It’s obviously been traumatic reliving our stories over and over again to highlight the human aspect of this but it does mean a lot personally.”… Read full this story
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